Newsletter Issue No 24
We are continuing to monitor the outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus and its potential impact on our children and the wider community. As of Friday, we entered the Delay phase of management at national level.
We are not currently aware of any children, parent/carer, teacher or any other member of staff at Julian’s Primary who has been diagnosed with the virus. We continue to take all reasonable steps to ensure this remains the case, but we must also make plans if and when the situation changes. We know that the situation is changing quickly and we want to work with you to protect our community and minimise the impact to children’s education.
New guidance released on Friday, stated that anyone with a new continuous cough and/or a temperature (of above 37.8C) should self-isolate for seven days. You do not need to call 111 to go into self-isolation. If symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after seven days, you are advised to contact NHS111 online (www.111.nhs.uk) If your child requires self-isolation you must let us know immediately; we will do everything we can to support.
If a child at Julian’s Primary is confirmed as being infected with coronavirus
If we receive confirmation that one of our children has been infected with coronavirus, we will contact 111 / Public Health England. We will act on the advice given and undertake a risk assessment. In most cases, closure of the school will not be necessary, but this will be a decision made in line with advice on a case by case basis.
If Julian’s Primary takes the decision to close on the direction of PHE or due to staff shortages
- Parents/Carers will be informed of the decision via email/text or on the website
- Parents/Carers will be informed of the arrangements for remote teaching and learning
- Work will be set electronically in most cases. Children will be expected to complete work at home and engage fully with their education
Throughout the coronavirus outbreak, the leadership teams will remain alert for changes in Government advice and will keep staff, parents/carers and children informed about updates or any possible school closures. This will take place via email/text and the school website as well as social media channels.
Educational visits and events
Currently, all educational visits and events are being assessed on a case by case basis and as advice changes. This of course means that if the school is closed, it is highly likely that all educational visits, sports fixtures and other events will be postponed or cancelled. As of Monday 16th March the following decisions have been made about school events/activities:
- Assemblies – class and general - cancelled
- Lunch time arrangements - will continue as normal with a focus on reducing numbers in the hall
- Swimming and PE activities - will continue as normal. West Norwood Leisure Centre have advised that they are deep cleaning the site every night and at lunch time. Children are being encouraged to shower before and after swimming and to wash hands on arrival and departure
- Reading mornings – cancelled
- Parent/carer meetings scheduled for Monday 16th/Tuesday 17th March - postponed to allow for planning for full closure. It is proposed that these will now take place on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th April although we will update you closer to the time
- Lambeth Music Festival – Postponed by Lambeth Music Service
- London Youth Games - at the current time it is proposed that this will take place as planned
- IBM Robot challenge – cancelled by IBM
- Extra-curricular activities - will continue as normal
- Primary Shakespeare Company performances – cancelled by PSC
We are continuing to work on preventative measures in school to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- Touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Reopening following closure
We will remain in regular contact through email/text as well as through regular updates on the website and social media channels, and will endeavour to reopen the school as soon as advised.
Further information and support
Government guidance on Covid-19
Guidance for education settings
Department for Education social media
DfE Advice line (8am-6pm Monday to Friday) 0800 046 8687
We thank you for your support during this very challenging time.
Alison, Becky and Sam
Newsletter Issue No 23
Newsletter Issue No 22
West Norwood site Closure
The West Norwood site was unfortunately closed this morning (Thursday) due to local power cuts that affected the safe working of the school. This was luckily repaired by midmorning and we were able to open, as usual, in the afternoon. Thank you all for your understanding in this matter.
An excellent time was had by all at the first January discos for Reception and Year 3. With an amazing DJ and excellent tunes, the first evening was definitely a night to remember. Thank you to the PTFA for their amazing organisation of the event. The second disco took place on January 31st for Year 1 and Year 4, and finally February 7th for Year 2 and Year 5. Don't forget that tickets must be bought in advance - the deadline is noon the day prior to the disco. No exceptions can be made
Let's Glow to the Disco
Dates are as follows:
Friday 24th January 3.30 -4.30
- Year 1
Friday 31st January 3.30 -4.30
- Year 2
Friday 7th January 3.30 -4.30
- Year 3
Friday 24th January 4.45 -5.45
- Year 4
Friday 31st January 4.45 -5.45
- Year 5
Friday 7th January 4.45 -5.45
This year’s school discos promise to be bigger and BRIGHTER than ever!
We’ve teamed up with the fantastic guys at Dancemasters (dancemasters.co.uk) to bring a full on Glow-Show to Julian’s. Tickets will go on sale via ParentPay and cost £4 this includes entry, popcorn, drink and UV facepaints.
We need volunteers at each disco and also for the walking bus to help escort Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes up from West Norwood for the discos at 3.30pm at Streatham. Please get in touch with your Class Rep if you’re able to lend a hand.
RSE PolicyParent/Carer Consultations
Thank you to all of the parents/carers who attended the two parent/carer consultations this week. It was great to have such valuable discussions with you so thank you for your openness.
Your suggestions will be discussed with the rest of the school leadership team and the finalised policy will then be ratified by the governing board and published.If any parents/carers could not attend the meetings and would like to see a copy of the draft policy, please email Olivia on email@example.com
Parent/carer workshops will be held later in the year to explore the lessons and resources that will be used in each year group